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New Tunisian Cinema: Allegories of Resistance

Robert Lang


Tunisian cinema is often described as the most daring of all Arab cinemas. For many, Tunisia appeared to be a model of equipoise between “East” and “West, ” and yet, during Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's presidency, from 1987 to 2011, the country became the most repressive state in the Maghreb. Against considerable odds, a generation of filmmakers emerged in the mid-1980s to make films that are allegories of resistance to the increasingly illiberal trends that were marking their society. This book focuses on eight films by some of the nation's best-known directors, including Man of Ashes (1986), Be ... More

Keywords: Tunisian cinema, filmmakers, Nouri Bouzid, Férid Boughedir, Moufida Tlatli, Mohamed Zran, Nadia El Fani, Moncef Dhouib, Ben Ali

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165075
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Lang, author